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The Shape of Water by Anne Spollen
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Jun 10, 2011

liked it
bookshelves: good-cover, ya, ills, realistic, good-title

** spoiler alert ** I liked this book. Well, what I really liked was the writing, those long passages describing how Maggie saw and experienced the world. Then I started feeling . . . confused. The book veered from introspective and fanciful to straight up soap opera fodder. Aside from a couple of tragic parental deaths, which can be overlooked given the nature of the story, there was the aunt's secret son (who apparently had no issues about his mother abandoning him as a baby, even though her [flimsy] reasons for doing so sounded exactly like what I experience every day with my infant son, and probably what lots of other mothers experience too), Maggie's closeted lesbian friend who tries to hit on her, and the to-be stepbrother's attempted suicide. Some people might enjoy such drama, but for me it was a bit much.

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